The brewers behind Oregon’s first weed beer are hosting their own 4/20 beer festival. On April 20—a day that is cherished by some and regarded as just another ho-hum day for others—Coalition Brewing will throw the Two Flowers CBD Beer Fest in Portland, Oregon.
Two Flowers gets its name from the close relationship between hops and cannabis plants, or, as Coalition calls them, “kissing cousins.” They both produce similar aromatic compounds called terpenes that give off that dank hoppy beer (or marijuana) smell. The festival will celebrate this relationship with multiple CBD beers on tap (including Coalition’s Two Flowers IPA), live music, a “terpene sensory station” and a Jamaican food truck. Plus, a special toast at 4:20 p.m. because why not.
Although it’s a 4/20 festival, getting high on the premise is illegal. Oregon has laws against serving alcohol and marijuana in the same location, as well as making alcohol products infused with THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. Cannabidiol, a relaxing and non-psychoactive compound in marijuana that Coalition puts in its beers, is fair game in all 50 states.
The Two Flowers CBD Beer Fest is something that we can expect to see more of in the future. Recreational marijuana laws in a few states have led to a cannabis wine and multiple cannabis beers, including one from the brewer who invented Blue Moon. For now, though, folks in states that don’t allow marijuana will have to find other ways to celebrate April 20, 2018.